AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Fire crews are still working throughout the day Sunday knocking out what’s left of the fire at the Bondi’s Island landfill.
Agawam Fire Chief Alan Sirois says things could be winding down in the next few days, it all depends on what progress firefighters make on Sunday.
Smoke is still visible from the landfill. However, there was a lot less smoke Sunday morning than the last few days when the fire first broke out Thursday afternoon. The smell of smoke has significantly decreased on Sunday.
Greenfield, Turners Falls, Orange, Colrain, Holyoke, Granby, Ware and Southampton fire trucks could be seen at the landfill Sunday.
Covanta, the owners of the facility, said leaves and yard waste are what caught on fire.
Chief Sirois says they were able to gain a lot of ground Saturday but this could take some time. Firefighters are having to tackle multiple square acres to make sure the fire is completely out.
Chief Sirois provided 22News with an update Sunday, saying, “The tanker task force will be demobilized and we do not anticipate remobilizing a water supply task force for the operational period tomorrow, nor do we anticipate remobilizing any wild, land fire-fighting task force for man power or any type of task force operations for tomorrow’s operational period.”
On Saturday, firefighters from Palmer, Northampton, Hatfield and Southwick assisted by providing engine, tower and tanker fire trucks. Chief Sirois said Monday’s operation will be scaled down to nearly 30 personnel.
The City of Springfield’s DPW has announced that the Bondi’s Island landfill will remain closed for residential drop off through Thursday.